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Iowa vote-tabulation confusion continues ahead of New Hampshire vote

Sanders and Buttigieg request partial Iowa recanvassing

RINDGE, N.H. – The battle for the Democratic presidential nomination is so close, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg called for the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass some precincts and satellite caucuses.

Amid the confusion, the 78-year-old democratic socialist and the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, both announced Iowa victories in their hope to push Joe Biden away from challenging President Donald Trump in November.

“Errors and inconsistencies are ripe for review,” Sanders wrote in a Monday letter, adding that a “correction would change the national delegate allocation by moving, at a minimum, one [Party Leader and Elected Official] delegate.”

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center right, greets people in the audience at the conclusion of a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Dover, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center right, greets people in the audience at the conclusion of a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Dover, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

Buttigieg’s request to recanvass 66 precincts and all satellite caucuses followed Sanders’ request by saying finding an error could result in “a net increase of 14 [State Delegate Equivalents].” Politico reported both of their requests include 143 precincts.

Their request comes days after Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez also called to recanvass specific precincts tweeting “enough is enough."

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is competing against Sanders for leftist votes, also flagged apparent mistakes in Iowa. She showed confidence during a rally Monday in Rochester.

“This is about winning unwinnable fights,” Warren said.

Sanders is campaigning in New Hampshire’s Cheshire and Strafford counties. His Monday night concert in Durham features The Strokes, a New York City rock band. He was optimistic in Rindge.

"If we win here tomorrow, I think we’ve got a path to victory for the Democratic nomination,” Sanders told college students, adding that he plans on winning in Nevada, South Carolina and California.

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia will hold presidential primaries on March 3rd, better known as Super Tuesday.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg skipped the February elections, and he is heavily investing on Super Tuesday.

Here are the results of the chaotic 3-day counting in Iowa:

As of Monday evening, Buttigieg received the votes of 14 delegates, Sanders had 12 delegates, Warren had eight delegates, Biden had six and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar finished last with one delegate.


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